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Rock Bridge Memorial State Park

5901 South Hwy. 163, Columbia, MO 65203
573-449-7402
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Ranked #1 of 10 Attractions in Columbia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks, Outdoors
Owner description: Just minutes from Columbia, Rock Bridge Memorial State Park gives visitors the chance to scramble...
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Type: State Parks, Outdoors
Hours:
Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Owner description: Just minutes from Columbia, Rock Bridge Memorial State Park gives visitors the chance to scramble, hike and bicycle through a scenic environment – and lets them peek into Missouri’s underworld. The park contains some of the most popular hiking trails in the state and also offers solitude while hiking in the Gans Creek Wild Area. Visitors can also see a large cave system with its rock bridge, sinkholes, a spring and underground stream at the Devil's Icebox. You can explore Connor's Cave in the light of the opening for a taste of the underground world.

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31 reviews 31 reviews
25 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

We visited in October. Hiked both times we went. We enjoyed the scenery but it was basically mud paths in the woods. The bridge had been flooded and eroded. They are probably planning on fixing this soon. We made our own path across the creek in a shallower area and explored the other side. Neat site to see, good excercise,... More 

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Columbia, Missouri
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226 reviews 226 reviews
25 attraction reviews
164 helpful votes 164 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This is a well hidden secret in Columbia. Its a very large park (so much so that annually they end up rescuing lost hikers) varied vegetation and lack of crowds makes it an ideal walk in the woods any season of the year.

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Columbia, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This is a wonderful place to just let go and enjoy everything away from everyday life. A great place to mediate, too. Great for taking photos, too and an awesome romantic walk together with your loved one. It's also a great place for kids to use their energy and to learn about nature.

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Columbia, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

In addition to the natural beauty of this park there is much history. Walk the "Sink Hole" trail from the parking lot and see if you can find the groove in the sandstone outcropping from steel rimmed wagons on years gone by? HINT - on the right side of the small stream as you walk this trail. There was a... More 

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Southlake, Texas
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73 reviews 73 reviews
5 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

The park has been updated since I used to frequent in the 70's, with wooden decks and paths to both the Rockbridge and Sinkhole (Devil's Icebox). Up the road is Rock Bridge City Park with great playground for kids of all ages. Our crew varied in age from 8 months to 60's!

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Jefferson City, Missouri
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42 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Nice walk with nature. Nice trails. Wooden deck and stairs lead you down to the entrance of the cave. You really feel and enjoy the cool breeze on a hot Summer day.

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Columbia, Missouri
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31 reviews 31 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Nice to walk these trails and enjoy the outdoors. Lots of people I know love this spot to go on walks, go spelunking, or just enjoy a day outside. They do close the caves in the winter, but the trails are open and clearly marked. The rock bridge itself is very cool to see. Not far away at all from... More 

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Shawnee, Kansas, United States
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19 reviews 19 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

We were really surprised at how beautiful it was tucked back in among the trees and rocks. There were interesting things to see at every turn. The kids loved running on the trails.

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Columbia, Missouri
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61 attraction reviews
173 helpful votes 173 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Reminder: Missouri State Parks are FREE. Most of the reviews for this park are based on one area within it--the area accessed from the Devil's Icebox parking lot on Hwy. 163 near the Clear Creek bridge, that includes the boardwalk to the natural rock bridge and the entrance to Connor's Cave. The extensive Devil's Icebox Cave has restricted access and... More 

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Keokuk, Iowa, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

We enjoyed the trails to the rock bridge and devil's icebox. The trail was easy enough for young kids as well as a parent carrying a child.

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